May 12 - 24, 2025

13-day "Christian Heritage" Tour in Scotland and Ireland

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Tour Leader:

Pastor Jeremy Ezell

Serving in ministry for the last 13 years, I currently serve as the Director of Music Ministries at the Church of the Apostles in Atlanta, Ga alongside Dr. Michael Youssef, while also completing a Master of Biblical Studies degree at Reformed Theological Seminary.  Prior to my current role, I served as an ordained Elder and worship pastor for a Presbyterian Church (PCA) plant in East Atlanta.   My love for the protestant reformation began in 2005 with a study of the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms. Since that time, I have been on a journey studying the works of great men of the church including John Knox, Richard Sibbes, Thomas Goodwin, and other Puritan leaders. My wife, Lauren, is deeply involved in ministry at Apostles Church, where she serves as a worship leader and lends her support to the young adult ministry. Together for eight fulfilling years, we channel our creativity as songwriters and performers in our Americana band, Sainte Jane. Our journey with Scotland began when we were invited to perform at the 2016 Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, an experience that sparked a profound connection with the Scottish people. Through Lauren’s genealogical exploration, we’ve uncovered her family’s rich heritage not only in Ireland but also in Scotland. Her ancestors, Scottish Presbyterians, played a pivotal role in spreading Presbyterianism from Scotland, across Ireland, and into Pennsylvania during the 1700s. This tour presents a chance to share our love for the people and rich cultural traditions of Scotland and Ireland. It also aims to ignite your enthusiasm for the unadulterated message of the Gospel and our Christian heritage, conveyed through heartfelt songs and devotional moments.

Prepare to Be Inspired

We’re glad you are considering this tour. Our hope is that it is an experience of a lifetime.

OVERVIEW

Embark on a captivating voyage through time and faith as we trace the spread of Christianity among the Celts. Join us on this extraordinary journey as we delve into the rich tapestry of Scotland and Ireland, connecting with the Pilgrims and Reformers who shaped the landscape of faith in these lands. This unique opportunity offers a glimpse into the heart of our predecessors’ faith journey, exploring the ancient monastic settlements, towering cathedrals, and rugged landscapes that bear witness to centuries of spiritual devotion and transformation. As we immerse ourselves in the history and spirituality of Celtic Christianity, we will uncover timeless truths that speak to the deepest longings of the human soul. Join us as we embark on this remarkable odyssey through time and faith, forging connections with our spiritual heritage and gaining insights that will enrich our own journey of faith.

DATES

LED BY

HOTELS
Edinburgh
Oban
Glasgow
Newry
Dublin

PRICING
Land Only

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
May 12 - 24, 2025

Pastor Jeremy Ezell


Apex City Hotel
Oban Bay Hotel
Apex City Hotel
Canal Court Hotel
Academy Plaza Hotel


$4,895 per person

(+) $1,550 per person (ROOMING ALONE)

ITINERARY

 

DAY 1 – MONDAY, MAY 12, 2025 – DEPART THE USA FOR EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND 

DAY 2 – TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2025 – ARRIVE IN EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
Tour group will be met at airport and assisted with arrival procedures.  Enjoy a panoramic tour of this ancient city before arriving at our hotel.  Free afternoon to rest or walk about the city on your own.

DINNER AND OVERNIGHT EDINBURGH

DAY 3 – WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 2025 – WEDNESDAY, MAY EDINBURGH

  • Full day tour of Edinburgh focusing on its extraordinary Christian history
  • Visit the John Knox House, home of the Scottish reformer
  • Explore Greyfriars’s Church (Kirk), the first church built in post-Reformation Scotland (founded in 1620)
  • Walk along The Royal Mile to reach Magdalen Chapel, the birthplace of the Scottish Reformation led by John Knox
  • Learn about John Knox, who later founded the Presbyterian Church
  • Visit St. Giles Cathedral, where Knox was appointed minister in 1559

                                                                                                             
BREAKFAST, DINNER AND OVERNIGHT IN EDINBURGH

DAY 4:  THURSDAY, MAY 15, 2025 – EDINBURGH

  • Morning visit to Holyrood Palace, where John Knox had discussions about Christianity with Mary, Queen of Scots
  • Tour of Edinburgh Castle, the birthplace of James VI, who authorized the King James Bible
  • Free time in Edinburgh for shopping, exploration, and relaxation


BREAKFAST, DINNER AND OVERNIGHT IN EDINBURGH

DAY 5:  FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2025 – EDINBURGH / LINDISFARNE

  • Morning travel to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, the fountainhead of England’s Christian heritage
  • Lindisfarne played a crucial role in honing and distributing the early Christian message to pagan Northumberland
  • Lindisfarne Priory, home of St. Cuthbert, and birthplace of the Lindisfarne Gospels, an illuminated Latin manuscript of Mark, Luke, and John
  • Lindisfarne Heritage Center features an electronic copy of the Lindisfarne Gospels and provides a comprehensive history of the island and St. Cuthbert’s story
  • Lindisfarne Castle, a small fortress first built in 1550, stands on a rocky outcrop overlooking the island 


BREAKFAST, DINNER AND OVERNIGHT IN EDINBURGH
 

DAY 6:  SATURDAY, MAY 17, 2025 – DUNFERMLINE ABBEY / ST. ANDREWS

  • Depart from Edinburgh crossing the Firth of Forth on the way to St. Andrews
  • Stop at Dunfermline Abbey in Fife, a medieval Benedictine abbey destroyed during the Scottish Reformation and the burial site of St. Margaret and Robert the Bruce
  • Enjoy the scenic fishing villages en route to St. Andrews, the ancient ecclesiastical capital of Scotland
  • Visit St. Andrews Castle, a historic residence for kings and a notorious prison during the Reformation. Explore the castle’s “bottle dungeon,” where many reformers were imprisoned.
  • Take a short stroll through the village and view “The Old Course – Home of Golf” in St. Andrews


BREAKFAST, DINNER AND OVERNIGHT IN EDINBURGH

DAY 7: SUNDAY, MAY 18, 2025 – OBAN

  • Morning travel to Oban with a stop at Stirling, the gateway to the Scottish Highlands
  • Explore Stirling Castle and The Church of the Holy Rude
  • The Church of the Holy Rude, founded in 1129, is one of three churches still in use in the UK that have been sites of coronations
  • The church is associated with the coronation of King James VI, who authorized the King James Version of the Bible
  • John Knox, the Scottish reformer, was the preacher at King James VI’s coronation
     

BREAKFAST, DINNER AND OVERNIGHT IN OBAN

DAY 8:  MONDAY, MAY 19, 2025 – OBAN / IONA

  • Morning journey with two ferry rides and a short drive to the Isle of Iona, the “cradle of Christianity” the site of the first Christian settlement in Scotland
  • Founded in 563 by St. Columba, the island became a leading center for Christian study in Europe
  • Iona Abbey, dating back to the 11th century, is the best-preserved ecclesiastical building from the Middle Ages
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Iona and have free time for spiritual reflection                                                                                                                                              

BREAKFAST, DINNER AND OVERNIGHT IN OBAN

DAY 9: TUESDAY, MAY 20, 2025 – LOCH LOMOND / GLASGOW

  • Departing from Oban, embark on the high road journey to Loch Lomond
  • Enjoy a boat cruise on the iconic Loch Lomond, renowned through the song “The Bonny Banks of Loch Lomond”
  • Continue the journey to Glasgow, where a city tour awaits
  • Visit Glasgow Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in mainland Scotland and the city’s oldest building
  • The cathedral is dedicated to St Mungo, the patron saint of Glasgow, who was raised by Saint Serf and began his missionary work at the age of twenty-five on the Clyde, the modern site of Glasgow.


BREAKFAST, DINNER AND OVERNIGHT IN GLASGOW

DAY 10: WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 2025 – BELFAST, IRELAND / DOWN PATRICK, IRELAND

  • Drive to Crainryan and board ferry to Belfast, Ireland (3 ½ hrs.)
  • Drive south from Belfast to Downpatrick to delve into the history of St. Patrick and his significance in Ireland.
  • Explore the St. Patrick Center, which features a permanent exhibition narrating the tale of St. Patrick and the history of Christianity in Ireland.
  • Visit Down Cathedral, the resting place of Ireland’s patron saint.


BREAKFAST IN GLASGOW, DINNER AND OVERNIGHT IN DOWNPATRICK

DAY 11: THURSDAY, MAY 22, 2025 – DUBLIN

  • Morning drive to Dublin
  • Begin the Dublin visit with a walking tour of Trinity College, the oldest college in Ireland, founded by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592
  • Explore the Old Library at Trinity College, housing the Book of Kells, an intricately illustrated version of the Christian Gospels created by Celtic Monks around 800 AD
  • Proceed to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, built in 1192 to honor Ireland’s patron saint
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral underwent a transition from a Catholic church to the Church of Ireland over the centuries
  • The cathedral is located near the famous well where tradition holds that St. Patrick baptized converts during his visit to Dublin
  • Notably, Jonathan Swift, the author of Gulliver’s Travels and a critic of British rule, served as a pastor at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.


BREAKFAST, DINNER AND OVERNIGHT IN DUBLIN
 

DAY 12: FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2025 – GLENDALOUGH / DUBLIN

  • Begin the day with a short drive to the Wicklow Mountains and Glendalough, renowned as one of Ireland’s most beautiful regions.
  • Explore Glendalough, the site of an early Christian monastery established in 498 by St. Kevin and recognized as one of Ireland’s significant monastic sites.
  • Marvel at the well-preserved structures from the 10th to 12th centuries, featuring impressive stone churches and adorned crosses.
  • Enjoy a brief hike alongside the two picturesque lakes in the area.
  • Spend the afternoon at leisure in Dublin.


BREAKFAST, DINNER AND OVERNIGHT IN DUBLIN

DAY 13:  SATURDAY, MAY 24, 2025 – RETURN TO USA

BREAKFAST

 

payment information

PAYMENT SCHEDULEPASSENGERSPAYMENT
At the Time of RegistrationAll Passengers$500 Per person Non-refundable Deposit
Final Payment Due DateAll PassengersFebruary 1, 2025

TOUR price


$4,895 pp - land only

Price Includes

 

  • Superior hotel accommodations
  • Ground transfer from the Edinburgh Airport to the group hotel
  • Ground transfer from the group hotel to the Dublin Airport at the conclusion of the tour
  • All transfers while touring & sightseeing days 
  • Gratuity for driver, guide, hotel staff
  • Entrance fees for sites indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily buffet breakfast and dinner in hotels
  • Headset for each passenger

Price DOES NOT INCLUDE

 

  • Domestic or International airfare
  • Hotel cost for travelers arriving prior to MAY 13, 2025
  • Hotel cost for travelers checking out of the hotel after 11:00 AM on MAY 24, 2025
  • Optional Travel Protection Insurance
  • Lunches and gratuity for lunches
  • Optional Sites not included in itinerary that have entrance fees
  • All beverages including alcoholic beverages
  • Personal incidentals charged to hotel room
  • Single Supplement Fee for those wanting to room alone or if a roommate cannot be assigned by Faith Based Expeditions
  • Bottled water on board the tour bus
  • Porteage at the hotels
  • Items of personal nature
  • Incidental cost in participant’s hotel room

CANCELLATION PENALTY POLICY FOR TOUR REGISTRANTS

  • Any individual canceling between the date of registration and the Final Payment Due Date (Final Payment Due Date is 100 days prior to the tour departure date) will be penalized $500 per person non-refundable and non-transferable administrative cost plus any non-refundable third-party supplier cost/s
  • Any individual canceling between 99 – 85 days prior to the scheduled departure date we will be penalized the entire tour deposit plus 10% of the total tour cost and any nonrefundable payments to any third-party supplier.
  • Any individual canceling between 84- 55 days prior to the scheduled departure date we will be penalized 50% of the total tour cost plus any nonrefundable payments to any third-party supplier.
  • Any individual canceling between 54 – 45 days prior to the scheduled departure date will be penalized 80 % of the total tour cost plus any nonrefundable payments to any third-party supplier.
  • Any individual canceling between 44 – 0 days prior to the scheduled departure date will be penalized 100 % of the total tour cost.
  • Any individual canceling less than 60 days prior to the tour departure date and causes their assigned roommate to room alone and if there is no one to be assigned as the person’s roommate, then the person canceling will be responsible to pay the Single Supplement fee.
  • If a roommate is subsequently found for the remaining roommate, then the Single Supplement fee will be refunded to the canceling individual. 
  • Allow up to 8 weeks for any refund to be issued.


INSURANCE

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TRAVEL PROTECTION INSURANCE PRICE CHART

Tour Cost Range          Insurance Premium Cost

$1 – $1,000                                          $88.44

$1,001 – $2,000                                 $139.00

$2,001 – $3,000                                $211.40

$3,001 – $4,000                                $280.40

$4,001 – $5,000                                $377.67

$5,001 – $6,000                                $424.91

$6,001 – $7,000                                $527.54

$7,001 – $8,000                                $611.21

$8,000 – $9,000                               $724.68

$9,001 – $10,000                              $895.64

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